Peking glass as an art form can be traced back to the 17th century, and reached its peak during the reign of Qianlong (1736-1795). Examples of Peking glass can be found with elaborately carved overlay decoration, as highly detailed, painted or enameled scenic pieces, or simple, unadorned shapes where form takes center stage. The decorative subject matter applied to these remarkable pieces is rarely random, with a vast number of symbols from the plant and animal world holding strong emotional and physiological associations within Chinese culture. The spider, contrary to what one might expect, is considered an auspicious symbol on its own. The image of a spider descending on its thread is seen as a bringer of joy from heaven.
This stunning Peking glass vase, in translucent Imperial Yellow, dating from the late 19th or early 20th century, features two beautifully rendered, hand enameled spiders in vibrant red descending from their thread against a mountain backdrop (the place closest to the gods: limitless) adorned with chrysanthemums. A lovely band of stylized florals and scrolls at the neck complete the piece.
Condition is superb, free from chipping, cracking or enamel wear, with an imperceptible production inclusion at the interior.
H 8.5", D 3.5", rim 2.75", base 2".